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The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America.  Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies., AIKIN, JESSE B.
1 AIKIN, JESSE B. The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America. Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies.
1851 Leather & printed paper Book Oblong 9 x 5 inches. Philadelphia 
Seven-shape Shape-note Tunebook, 1851


AIKIN, JESSE B. The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America. Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies. By J. B. Aikin. Twentieth Edition. Philadelphia, T. K. Collins, Jr., ; E. C. & J. Biddle; T. K. & P. G. Collins. Lancaster, Judd & Murray. New York, H. Long. Boston, Fetridge & Co.. Cincinnati, D. Anderson. Columbus, S. N. Whiting & Huntington. Wheeling, Va., John Fisher. 1851. Oblong 9 x 5 inches. $175.00

Aikin's Christian Minstrel (Phila, 1846) was the second but first successful attempt to substitute 7 shapes for the traditional 4 shape fasola hymnals. It "endured for decades and went into as many as 171 editions. Aikin's choice of simple elementary forms for his three additional note-heads has been shown to be fortunate by the fact that his shapes are used today by all the seven-shape rural song-book publishers in the South and have been the standard notation in that territory for over fifty years. ...In Aikin's Preface he stated clearly his hopes that his book would supplant the `trashy publications' which had up to that time, `supplied the churches, especially of the South and West...' He also hoped that his new notation would swell the numbers of those who could read music easily. He explained that he had reduced the varieties of musical measure to three, two-two, three-two, and six-four time; that he had excluded the minor scale from consideration in his rudiments as an unnatural, impractical, confusing, and really non-existent phase of music; that he had but one sort of clef for all four parts, one that has G in the middle (third line) of the staff; and that he had expressed the key of the tune by words and not by symbols."--Jackson: White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands, p.320-21.

Bound black morocco spine with printed paper over boards, printed paper heavily worn & rubbed, large portions of it worn away especially on rear cover, crease in front cover, foxing, pencil notes and scribbling on endpapers.

Collation: A-3F4. Pagination: 416pp. Indexes. With music. (17922) 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties., MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON.
2 MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON. The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties.
Lowell Mason & G. Webb's The Odeon: A Collection of Secular Melodies, Boston, 1837 1837 Leather spine with printed paper over boards Good+ Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm. Boston, Mass. 
MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON. The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties. By G. J. Webb and Lowell Mason, Professors in the Boston Academy of Music. Boston: J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter, 1837. Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm. $75.00 Lowell Mason (1792-1872) American musical educator and hymn writer. "He early developed a remarkable talent in musical matters... He was especially devoted to the bettering of the musical services of the churches, and to that end paid attention to the training of church choirs. He was indefatigable also in the preparation of handbooks and manuals for use in churches, Sunday-schools and singing-classes."--New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., 7:226. "Mason was not a great composer. Many of his tunes were adaptations of melodies from H�ndel, Haydn, and Mozart, and from earlier church music, but they came to replace the `fugue tune' of the earlier nineteenth century and gained great popularity throughout the Untied States."--DAB, 12:372. "A compiler of church music, and organizer of choral societies... and originator of conventions for the training of music instructors in the public schools., Mason impressed himself indelibly on the democracy of his times."--Beard: The Rise of Amer. Civilization, I:801 Mason's collaborator in this book, George James Webb (1803-1887) was born in England, emigrated to America were he immediately became organist of the Old South Church in Boston. He soon became associated with Mason in his education projects and collaborated with Mason on a number of song and hymn books--DAB 19:574. From Preface: "...The selection has been made chiefly from those songs, and other pieces, which have obtained a decided popularity. This, however, was not found to be a very easy matter; for of the great multitude of such pieces, but few are equally and entirely unobjectionable in their text and in their music. In many cases it has been found necessary to make alterations in the poetry, and in every instance, its character has been primarily regarded. By far the greater number of pieces in the present volume, are either now harmonized for the first time, or altogether newly arranged; and a few were composed expressly for this work...." Bound leather spine with printed green paper over boards--front cover title & imprint as well as back cover ads printed within decorative printed borders, leather rubbed & scuffed some, worn through cover paper at all edges, soiled some, endpapers split at inside hinges but hinges tight, light to medium foxing throughout, lacks rear endpaper. Collation: [A]-[E]4, [1]-[38]4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) preface, iv-xxiv Elements of Vocal Music, xxv-xxxix Appendix, l index, [1]-304pp. 
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